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Mold Delays Move in For FAMU Freshmen

August 25th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

70 Florida A & M students who showed up to move into a dorm on Tuesday are still without a place to stay tonight.

Another 130 are moving in Friday after a three day delay because of mold.



When incoming Florida A & M Freshman Marie Ducarme and 200 others showed up to move into this University dorm on Tuesday, they found the building mold invested.


“I was kind of embarrassed in a way because my dad just kept talking bad about it. He said we got so many beautiful universities in Miami. Why didn’t you go there? But I actually wanted to come here,” said Ducarme.

At least 45 students were sent to motels at FAMU’s expense.

Others went home or have been staying with friends.

The University has been working feverishly to cure the mold problem since it was discovered.


“The first thing is I apologized to them personally, let them know that this wasn’t FAMU’s best day,” said University President, Dr. Larry Robinson.

The dorm hasn’t  been occupied in at least 2 years.

It was brought back online when more freshmen than expected registered.

The university set a goal of getting the dorms ready by Friday at noon.

They met that goal for about 130 students.


“They accommodated us like by giving us the hotel rooms and just accommodating us,” said FAMU Freshman, Lencie Sojour.

But an estimated 70 students are still without housing.

The 70 students who still haven’t been able to move in are eligible to stay in hotels at the universities expense. Classes start Monday.


“There are no excuses for not being ready. I do think that this is an older facility of course, but we knew that going into this and so what we have done is said what can we do now to ensure that we don’t encounter these kinds of problems in the future,” said Dr. Robinson.

Those remaining students will be moving in to the dorm once the mold is remediated, or they will be going to other dorms with cancelations.

The University says in the long term they hope to replace the 45-year-old dorms with new facilities.

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